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Some sources give 1938 as the year of Mr. Williams' birth
Q. What's the greatest stumbling block in your career?
A. Racism. Plain prejudice from both sides, black and white. It's become such a hassle, man. Because everybody is looking at that rather than at much more important things. I see changes happening now. The success of all these black actors right now is so important.
--From Entertainment Weekly, March 21, 1997.
"I never TRIED to be the black Clark Gable. It was never a publicity stunt. It was just one of those things." --Williams quoted in Playbill, 1988.
In 1996, Williams created four paintings for Nissan that were displayed at the Olympics. The following year, he created paintings for a sports center owned by the Walt Disney Company.
Williams has exhibited a series of impressionistic portraits of the Tuskegee Airmen. His artwork has also been featured in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
"When I came on the scene, it was, 'What's this - a black matinee idol?' I presented something that they never expected or anticipated. Denzel and those guys are it now, of course. Some of those movies he's done, I tried to do those type of movies back in the '70s. I couldn't get the kind of backing that was neccesary. And I was hot property. My whole life has been, I have to wait unti everybody catches up. It pisses me off." --Williams to Entertainment Weekly, June 14, 2002
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